Nine Chinese mainland sailors rescued after shipwreck in Taiwan Strait

08:49, May 10, 2011      

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Rescuers with Taiwan's maritime rescue authority saved nine sailors from the Chinese mainland's Fujian Province early Monday morning, after a freighter sank in near Mazu Island, said the Ministry of Transport (MOT) on Monday.

The Changhai 26, a cargo ship with nine crew members on board, struck rocks amid low visibility and sank near Dongyin Island in the Taiwan Strait en route to Mazu in Taiwan from the Shantou port in Guangdong Province, the MOT said in a statement on its website.

The cargo ship sent out a message for help before it sank around 10 p.m. on Sunday. All nine sailors fell into the sea.

The maritime rescue authority in Mazu sent a patrol ship to search for and rescue all nine sailors at about 1 o'clock Monday morning.

No one was injured in the accident.

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